St. Valentine was a real saint who had died because he was a patron of love. In 269 A.D., the emperor of Rome had forbidden marriage because he believed that married men were bad soldiers and was also having trouble persuading them to join his army. If men were not married he believed this problem would go away. During this time, the emperor Claudius II had also outlawed Christianity, with the ambition to become the supreme ruler who all would obey. In opposition of these new laws, a bishop named Valentine continued to support Christianity and the belief that everyone should have the freedom to love God as the Supreme Being and undertake the sacrament of marriage.
In support of this, Valentine invited couples to meet him secretly and then he would marry them. Eventually he was caught and brought before the emperor. Claudius recognized his deep conviction and strength, at first offering him position as ally if he renounced his faith. Valentine however, would not give up what he believed in. He was then thrown in jail and was ordered to be put to death. While in prison awaiting his death, Valentine had fallen in love with the jailer’s daughter. The night before his execution he sent her a final farewell note, signing it From your Valentine.
He died February 14, 270 A.D.
Since then the tradition has been built that on this day love should be celebrated. From notes it turned to cards and from simple cards to chocolates and flowers. This day has grown to become an international commemoration of love, friendship, and adoration.
What will you be sending this Valentine’s Day?